143D0F18-0272-4573-9BE5-72D77940F6AFI wanted to satisfy my natural curiosity
About what it would be like
To soar like a seagull
High above the surf
What a great escapade it would be

And so I found a suitable locale
On top of the cliffs high above
The ocean down below

I opened my big umbrella
And jumped off the cliff
It was a dream come true
I felt just like Mary Poppins
Gently floating toward the ground

Until my big umbrella inverted
And I started rapidly falling
Turning my dream into a nightmare


Written for these daily prompts: Jibber Jabber (satisfy), The Daily Spur (natural), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (escapade), Your Daily Word Prompt (locale), Ragtag Daily Prompt (umbrella), and Word of the Day Challenge (dream). Image credit: chosep at DeviantArt.com.

#100WW — Adjoining Rooms

B1FE7DDE-165B-4BB3-A931-9E1D8AD0D213There had always been a spark between them, but interoffice fraternization was frowned upon, so they each did their best to ignore the mutual attraction. Neither wanted to jeopardize their marriages.

Joe had been scheduled to attend the business conference at Sea World with his boss. But when something came up and his boss couldn’t go, Becky was picked to go instead.

When the two checked into the hotel, they discovered they were assigned adjoining rooms. Shortly after they each entered their rooms, Becky opened the sliding doors that separated the two rooms and was standing naked, inviting Joe in.

(100 words)

Written for Bikurgurl’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt. Photo credit: Bikurgurl.

One-Liner Wednesday — Changing the Past


“While the future’s there for anyone to change, still you know it seems, it would be easier sometimes to change the past”

Jackson Browne, American singer and songwriter

I’m quoting a lyric form the 1974 song, “Fountain of Sorrow” by Jackson Browne. I’ve always loved this song, even though it’s a bit melancholy. And this line, in particular, resonates with me. You can take actions that could change your future, but you can never do anything to alter your past, right? But in this song, Browne laments that he has little hope for being able to change the future, saying that “it might be easier to change the past.”

In case you’ve never heard this song, here it is.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday Prompt.

Fandango’s Dog Days of August #5

Fandango’s Dog Days of AugustDo you need a muse to get your creative juices flowing during these hot, sultry days of August? Try a dose of Fandango’s Dog Days of August prompt.

At 6:00 am Pacific time each day this month, I will be posting a new theme. Today’s theme is “inheritance.” Have you ever inherited something? Money? Your good looks? An item or items of value? Do you plan to leave an inheritance for your children or anyone else? Share a story, a poem, a photo, a drawing, some music, or whatever you wish to about an inheritance.

If you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FDDA, and create a pingback to this post or manually add your link in the comments.

And, of course, take some time to read the other responses to this prompt. See how other bloggers are coping with the dog days of August.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #81

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

Racism, especially in America, is a thorny and divisive topic. Someone I know told me about a song, “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist,” from the Broadway musical “Avenue Q.” It goes:

Everyone’s a little bit
Racist, sometimes.
Doesn’t mean we go around committing
Hate crimes.
Look around and
You will find,
No one’s really
Maybe it’s a fact
We all should face.
Everyone makes
Based on race.

So my provocative question this week is simply this.

Do you believe that racism is an inherent human trait or is it learned? Either way, are there actions that society can take to eliminate, or at least diminish, racism? Or will racism always exist no matter what we do?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.